FEATURES

We invite all parishioners to update the parish office of any changes in their particulars through this online form.

(You can also download the pdf and submit the hard copy to the parish office)

 

IMPORTANT NEWS 

 

Musings 

Musings: Friar Esmond Chua, OFM

Living Sanctuaries

 

At our recent townhall meeting, Friar Clifford shared with all present, an experience he had had earlier that week. A man came to the office one day, and just wanted to talk to a priest, because he felt lonely. That encounter, coupled with recent news about the elderly and lonely having no place or people to talk to, was what inspired the creation of “Sanctuary @ Gubbio”. Open daily from Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm.

 

The name was suggested by our parish staff, and I believe it is truly a fitting name. If we were to look at the dictionary, it defines “Sanctuary” as:

    “Refuge or safety from pursuit, persecution, or other danger”
    “A nature reserve”
    “A holy place”.

 

And this time and space is precisely what it is meant for. To be a place where anyone; not just the elderly or lonely, can find the parish as a “refuge”, a “safe place” and most of all, a “holy place”.
In fact since its opening last Monday, I have heard testimonies from our staff who have met some of our parishioners who have come here, that indeed, they have found some “refuge” here.

 

This may sound like an advertisement for this parish initiative. It isn’t. It has come as a revelation to many of us. I invite all of us, to ask ourselves; as much as we now have a dedicated time and physical space where people can find “refuge”, we must not forget an equally important aspect, and that is, our own life.

 

“How can I, a baptised Child of God, BE a sanctuary to those whom I meet on a daily basis?”

 

   Can I spare some time knowing the person instead of just trying to “get the job done”?
   Can I focus more on listening, rather than wanting to give answers?
   Can I be a “safe place” for people to turn to in their time of loneliness?

 

May this song, “Sanctuary” by Randy Rothwell, help you to reflect on the above questions. So that our life BE a sanctuary for one another.

Lord prepare me, to be a Sanctuary,
pure and holy, tried and true
with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living, 
Sanctuary, for You!

 

Feast Of The Stigmata Of Francis - Franciscan Way of the Cross, Mon 17 Sep 2018

As part of the celebrations of the Franciscan Feast of the Stigmata, the San Damiano Spirituality Centre will organise a Franciscan Way of the Cross on 17 September 2018 after the usual Mass timings.

Do join us as we reflect on the Love of Christ found in the Passion of His Cross.

 

Feast And Memorial This Week 

Memorial

St Laurent Imbert, Bishop, St Jacques Chastan, Sts Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest,
and Paul Chong Hasang and Companions, Martyrs;

   20 Sep 2018, Thursday 

 

Feast

St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist;      21 Sep 2018, Friday  

  

Feast Of St Francis - SMOTA Care For Creation, 7 Oct 2018

SMOTA Care for Creation 7 Oct 2018

 

Adopt A Plant 

Adopt a Plant Gubbio Resized

 

SANCTUARY @ GUBBIO 

“Aging alone doesn’t mean being lonely.”
Do you need someone to talk to? Are you eager to meet and make new friends?
If yes, come and join the SMOTA community at 

Gubbio, Mondays to Fridays, 9am – 1pm.

 

Come, chill and chat with other SMOTANS. Hot drinks and biscuits will be served. 
All are welcome.

Sanctuary Gubbio 

 

SMOTA Outreach - Fei Yue Bukit Batok FSC 

Collection Of Dry Rations For Fei Yue Family Service Centre Bukit Batok

The SMOTA NCC groups are reaching out to 40 needy families around Bukit Batok through Fei Yue Family Service Centre “Monthly Food Fiesta event”. Through this project, screened and selected needy families can choose 6 items for their monthly needs. We are collecting basic items of:
- Cooking Oil (1kg); Rice (5kg); Sardine (450g); Coffee or Tea 3 in 1; Milo powder (900g or 1kg).

 

Baskets will be placed at SMOTA’s piazza over the weekends of 8, 15 and 22 September. If you have any questions about this SMOTA NCC outreach, do not hesitate to contact Phillip Chuah at 9833 8142 and John K at 9384 8957. We thank you for your generous gifts of love and support for these families.

Fei Yue Dry Ration Project Aug 2018 Update Page 1

Fei Yue Dry Ration Project Aug 2018 Update Page 2

Fei Yue Dry Ration Project Aug 2018 Update Page 3

 

Monday Night Growth 2018, 24 Sep 2018 

Praise and Worship:    7.50pm  
Talk:    8.15pm    

Topic:   

The Last Seven Commandments: My relationship with my Neighbour 

Come and learn. 

Monday Night Growth Aug Dec 2018 2

 

Patrician Meeting - Pros and Cons: The Power of Mind, 30 Sep 2018 

Patrician Invitation 30 09 2018

 

PORTIUNCULA: YOUNG ADULT COMMUNITY - Plans for coming weeks

We seek to journey together through prayer, worship, fellowship and service by sharing our gifts and supporting one another towards Christ.
Come join us every Saturday, 10.30am, Room 13.

Our plans for the coming weeks include:

22 Sept:      Faith sharing with the Gospel 
29 Sept:      Visit to an animal shelter in preparation for the feast of St Francis of Assisi. 
6, 13 & 20 Oct:      Video screening and sharing on how our daily actions affects creation from a 
faith perspective. 
27 Oct:      Nature walk @ Tree Top Walk 

 

Become A Catechist

Come and join the Catechetical Ministry.
The parish is looking for committed individuals who are able to lend a hand to serve as catechists to our Secondary 1 youths next year.
Please note that sessions run on Friday nights from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Training is provided.

For more information, please email acheong@stmary.sg or joan@stmary.sg

 

GIFT Collection

On 15/16 September, being the 3rd weekend of the month, there will be a second collection to receive your monthly pledges and contributions for the GIFT (Giving in Faith & Thankfulness) campaign. Contributions to GIFT will help others encounter the love of Christ through numerous archdiocesan organisations and building projects of the archdiocese. More info is available at gift.catholicfoundation.sg.

 

Sunday Collections

8/9 September 2018

1st Sunday collections:      $29,806.75  
2nd collections for church maintenance:      $16,019.95  

 

Charismatic Sessions On Tuesday, 18 Sep 2018 

Date:    18 September 2018   
Venue:    SMOTA Rooms 6 & 7   
Time:    7.45 PM   

For Praise, Worship and Breaking of the Word.

Theme for this week: 
Brokenness.

Hope to see everyone!

 

Advent Pageant Play Auditions

The Parish Pageant play is back and we are looking for members to form the cast and crew of the production. The story for this year’s play focuses on those living on the margins. The play will be held over 2 nights on 14 and 15 December at St Clare Hall. Auditions begin in September. Have a passion for the arts and acting? Join us for the play! Drop us an email at youth@stmary.sg

 

Festival Dei Francescani, Festival Of The Franciscans - 4 Oct 2018

4 October 2018 | 7pm onwards beginning with Feast Day Mass

The Creatures of God are arguing about who is the best! Brother Sun and Sister Moon, fed up with the constant bickering of their younger siblings, decide to battle it out to determine who the best is.

Be a part of the excitement by signing up to play games, serve food and most importantly, cheer on your favourite team. Find out who will emerge victorious at 9:00pm on 4 Oct at the Piazza. Join us for Mass, followed by Food, Fun and Fellowship after, as these four teams battle it out.

Brother Fire:

Captain:    Friar Crusander, OFM   
Co-Captain:    Friar Vernon, OFM   
Vice-Captain:    Joan Smith (joan@stmary.sg)   

Sister Earth:

Captain:    Friar Aiden, OFM   
Co-Captain:    Sr Margaret, FDCC   
Vice-Captain:    Johnny Keong (keongjohnny@yahoo.com)   

Sister Water:

Captain:    Friar Esmond, OFM   
Vice-Captain:    Alvin Arvind (alvin@stmary.sg)   

Brother Wind:

Captain:    Friar Clifford, OFM   
Vice-Captain:    Jeffrey Huan (jeffhuan@yahoo.com)   

Join a team today by contacting the respective vice-captains! Each team member will be given a coloured fan to cheer on your team during the night.

 

CGS: Pre-school Registration 2019, Sat 6 Oct 2018 

For children born in 2015 and for interested catechists: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a Montessori-based approach to faith formation for children who start at 3+ years of age. CGS-trained catechists endeavour to help each child encounter Jesus and develop a personal relationship with Him, the Good Shepherd, through independent “work” using sensory-rich material in a sacred space called the Atrium. Come and see for yourselves at our Information Session! Registration for 2019 sessions for new children will take place here.


Registration & Info Session

  Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
  Saturday, 6 October, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
  @ the Atrium (Room B-11)

 

Please let us know if you will join us - by email to cgs.atrium.stmarys@gmail.com. Visit the CGS pageon our St Mary’s website for more information. 

 

Live The Gospel In The World, 27-28 Oct and 9,16,23 Nov 2018

This is a 2-part Formation Series facilitated by Fr David Garcia, OP. This retreat and the follow up sessions is a journey of discovery on how we are called to live our faith more intentionally in our daily lives.

 

Part 1: Weekend Retreat

Dates:    27 - 28 October 2018   
Venue:    San Damiano Spirituality Centre, 5 Bukit Batok East Ave 2   

 

Part 2: 3 Evening Sessions

Dates:    9, 16 and 23 November 2018   
Time:    7.30 pm - 9.30 pm   
Venue:    Agape Village, 7A Lorong 8 Toa Payoh   

 

For more information and registration, please refer to the Caritas Singapore website: www.caritas-singapore.org or email to formation@caritas-singapore.org.

CST Retreat v1.2

 

7-Day Fatima Block Rosary - September 2018

(Saturdays 5pm and Weekdays 7.45/8.00pm) | Coordinator: 9699 3134
Kindly call the host family if you are joining them for prayers.

8 Sep;    Edwin Lim, 138 Hillview Ave. Hillview Condo;    HP: 9879 5894
15 Sep;    Efren & Joyce, Blk 672A Chua Chu Kang Crescent;    HP: 9182 1627
22 Sep;    Dwi Sari, 50 Bt Batok East Ave 5, Regent Heights Tower C;    HP: 9722 2094

 

Gubbio Needs You

We are looking for parishioners who can volunteer to help in the operations of Gubbio in the following areas: Cashiers, cooks, bakers, servers.
If interested, kindly send an email to Hazel: hazel@stmary.sg. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Frontdesk Volunteers 

Requesting volunteers to help man the frontdesk. Please contact the parish at parish@stmary.sg

 

Canticle Books+Gifts - New Arrivals

Get the latest issues of Magnificat, Living Faith and Word Among Us at Canticle.

Magnificat   Living Faith

Word Among Us Sep 2018

 

Rotating Rosary Rings, you said. We heard you. New at Canticle in sizes 6 to 10. Only two pieces available in each size. Get yours now.

Rotating Rosary Ring

 

Just for you, a new range of spiritual jewellery in stainless steel - stylish Crosses for men and women, adorable baby anklets and more. Come and see us soon. Love, your friends at Canticle.

Jewellery

 

The sweetest things - a limited collection of handmade Rosary bracelets - now available at Canticle.

Rosary Bracelet

 

New at Canticle - a collection of fine Spanish Mantillas and Infinity Veils, evoking a time-honoured tradition in soft lace and exquisite embroidery. Available in a range of muted colours to suit the Hepburn in you.

Spanish Mantillas and Infinity Veils

 

#SMOTAprays - Parish Weekly Prayer Intentions 

As part of nurturing a spirit of communion and community here at SMOTA, the parish features the intentions of our brothers and sisters. We may pray for, and with them each week.

Prayers are offered:

  1. For those facing many problems in life, to receive God’s strength and direction to do what is right to overcome their difficulties.
  2. For those gripped by psychological and emotional fear, may they feel the encompassing love and protection of God and be shielded from the evil one.
  3. For our sick who are suffering from various afflictions, from severe stomach pain, ear discomfort, cancer of the lung, thyroid and pancreas, to brain dysfunction and depression, may they receive God’s healing grace.
  4. For married women who are praying to have children, may God grace them to successfully conceive healthy babies.
  5. For workers who are experiencing difficulties at their jobs with unhelpful and unsupportive co-workers, to find new jobs for them.
  6. For the conversion of family members, and for those who are losing their faith to remain steadfast in God’s love and commandments.
  7. For the souls of our dearly departed, and for all souls in Purgatory, may they rest in eternal peace.

 

Thanksgiving Received 

Here are some thankgiving letters received by St Clare’s Ministry. We celebrate as one body of Christ when a member of our family rejoices each time a prayer is answered. Let us never lose sight of those who are not able to rejoice, remembering that Christ loves us all and hears all our prayers.

  1. Thank You Lord for your mercy and forgiveness of our sins.
  2. Thank You Lord for answering my prayer. I have secured a job and will start work in September.
  3. Thank You Lord for Your blessings on me and my family. For our love and care for each other.

 

Portiuncula Ministry - for Young Adults 

The amalgamation of the Parish’s young adult groups has given rise to the new Portiuncula Ministry!
Portiuncula is calling out all youths aged between 18 to 35 to join its big family.

Portiuncula will meet regularly every Saturday, 7.30pm

Interested individuals may direct your enquiries to portiuncula@stmary.sg

 

Notice On Catechism Sessions **Parents Please Take Note** 

“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” - CCC 2226

 

The parish team reminds all parents that we are here to help and support you in the beautiful task of forming your children in the faith. The spiritual life and development of your children rests on your daily Christian witness and will go a long way in helping your child engage with the world and progress in his/her faith in the future.

In the midst of school commitments, extra-curricular activities and familial obligation, a young person should grow to focus on God. How else will he or she truly believe in a God who always focuses His love on him or her?

Make Catechesis a priority!

 

SMOTA App 

For news, reflections and latest updates on what’s happening in the parish, download our very own SMOTA App!

Link: http://myapp.churchappbuilder.com/promo/#SMOTA

 

We NEED HELP! 

The following ministries are looking for members who wish to serve God’s people during the weekend. If you have the time and have been moved to consider helping the parish, please feel free to contact our friendly ministry leaders!

 

IT Volunteer

We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (justin@stmary.sg).

 

Volunteer Van Drivers Needed For Church Van

We invite drivers who have experience driving vans to drive our church van for Ministry of Consolation (MOC) wake prayers as well as pastoral visits.
Please register at the Parish Office.

 

Sunday 11am Choir

The Sunday 11am choir is looking for pianists and other vocalists who are willing to share the blessing of their voices and skills with others. We invite you to consider joining the Choir and serve through music each week. Those interested can approach Ethan (or any choir member) after the Sunday 11am Mass.

 

Ministry     Help Needed     Contact Person and Details    

Catechetical Office

 

Catechists

 

Agatha Cheong (acheong@stmary.sg)

 

Coffee Cart    

 

Baristas (Weekends)  

 

Rose Noronha (rosenoronha5@gmail.com

Sun 11am Choir    

Chorister, Musicians

tedeumlaudamus1045@gmail.com

 

Canticle Books + Gifts    

 

Sales

 

Anna Murphy (canticle@stmary.sg)

 

Frontdesk

 

Manning the frontdesk  

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Frontdesk

 

Bilingual Volunteers

 

parish@stmary.sg 

 

Flower Arrangement Ministry    Arranging Flowers    SMS to Sylvia at 9784 2233

 

 

News

FRIARS

 

 Fr Clifford pic   friars JustinLim

Fr Clifford Augustine  

Fr Justin Lim  

Parish Priest  Assistant Parish Priest 

clifford@stmary.sg

justin@stmary.sg

 

Fr Esmond Chua OFM  Fr Jason Richard OFM

Fr Esmond Chua

 Fr Jason Richard

Assistant Parish Priest   Assistant Parish Priest  

esmond@stmary.sg

jason@stmary.sg

Youth & Young Adult Adult & Family life

MASS TIMINGS

Feast of the Holy Cross

Fri 14 Sep 2018

6.55am, 12.15nn, 7pm

 

Feast of St Francis

- SMOTA Care For Creation

Sun 7 Oct 2018 

10am - 3pm: Exhibition by Animal Welfare Groups

3pm: Animal Blessing

 

Weekday

  •   6.55am (with Morning Prayer)
  • 12.15pm
  •   7.00pm (Liturgy of the Hours at 6.30pm)

Saturday

  • 6.55am
  • 4.30pm
  • 6.30pm

Sunday

  •   7.30am (Mandarin)
  •   9.00am
  • 11.00am
  •   1.00pm
  •   5.00pm
  •   7.00pm

3rd Sunday

  • 3.00pm (Indonesian)

4th Saturday

  • 8.00pm (Tamil)

 

More timings >

 

Getting Here

By MRT:

Nearest MRT Station: Bukit Batok

By Bus:

Linkway Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 6: 61, 66, 157, 174, 178, 852

Main Entrance:
Buses along Bukit Batok East Ave 2: 970, 985

By Car:

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